Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby (b.1972) was born on an American military base in Germany, and was raised in New Freedom, PA. After working in construction for several years, he attended the Pennsylvania School of Art & Design. Ruby then went on to receive a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, where he was a teaching assistant for artist Mike Kelley (American, 1954–2012). Ruby works in a variety of media, including ceramic, painting, collage, urethane sculpture, and video. Heavily influenced by the punk movement, as well as Graffiti and Street Art, the artist’s works are often intentionally marked up and defaced. Through examining the most marginalized members of society, Ruby seeks to expose the cultural mechanisms of control that underlie contemporary life. In 2008, his massive installation Supermax was first shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Design Center. For this show, Ruby referenced American maximum security prisons through aerosol paintings, collages, and massive geometric sculptures made of Formica, urethane, and brass, as well as soft sculptures in the form of blood drops. Ruby lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Education

2003-05 MFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
2000-02 BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1992-96 Pennsylvania School of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA

Solo Exhibitions

2014

Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
SUNRISE SUNSET, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY, United States
STERLING RUBY, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, United States

2013

Droppa Blocka, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Ghent, Belgium
CHRON II, Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, Germany, (travelling exhibition)
STOVES & QUILTS, Galerie Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels, Belgium, (cat.)
SOFT WORK, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy, (travelling exhibition)
CHRON II, Fondazione MEMMO, Rome, Italy, (travelling exhibition)
Sterling Ruby: SP Paintings, Nahmad Contemporary, New York, NY, United States
Sterling Ruby—Selected Works, Charles Riva Collection, Brussels, Belgium
Sterling Ruby, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, (cat.)
EXHM, Hauser & Wirth, London, England

2012

SOFT WORK, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, (travelling exhibition)
SOFT WORK, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France, (travelling exhibition)
SOFT WORK, Centre D’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland, (travelling exhibition)

2011

VAMPIRE, The Pace Gallery, Beijing, China
Sterling Ruby & Lucio Fontana, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, United States
I AM NOT FREE BECAUSE I CAN BE EXPLODED ANYTIME, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany
PAINTINGS, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium, (cat.)

2010

Metal Works, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
ASHTRAYS, Galerie Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels, Belgium, (cat.)
New Works, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2TRAPS, The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, United States

2009

Sterling Ruby & Robert Mapplethorpe, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium, (cat.)
The Masturbators, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States

2008

Spectrum Ripper, Sprüth Magers, London, England
Grid Ripper, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy, (cat.)
Zen Ripper, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy
SUPERMAX 2008, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (cat.)
CHRON, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, United States, (cat.)
Kiln Works, Metro Pictures Gallery, New York, NY, United States

2007

Slasher Posters & Pillow Works, Bernier Eliades, Athens, Greece
Paintings & Benches, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany
Killing the Recondite, Metro Pictures, New York, NY, United States
Superoverpass, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States

2006

Interior Designer, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recombines, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy
SUPERMAX 2006, Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln, Germany

2005

New Work, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States
SUPERMAX 2005, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
This Range, Guild & Greyshkul, New York, NY, United States
Adjoining The Voids: Sterling Ruby & Kirsten Stoltmann, Sister, Los Angeles, CA, United States

2004

Disintegrating Identities Morph into One Solid Rainbow, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States
Interior Burnout, 1R Gallery, Chicago, IL, United States

 

Group Exhibitions

2014

The Los Angeles Project, Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Taipei Biennial 2014, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (ROC)
The 10th Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down the House, Gwangju, South Korea
The Anne and Wolfgang Titze Collection, Winter Palace and 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria
Room by Room: Monographic Presentations from the Faulconer and Rachofsky Collections,The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX, United States
2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, United States
Stars & Stripes: American Art of the 21st Century from the Goldberg Collection, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, Australia

2013

Summer in Gstaad, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
California Landscape into Abstraction: Works from the Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, United States, (cat.)
From the Collection: “Looking at Process”, De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami, FL, United States
Abstraction/Figuration, Inigo Philbrick, London, England
Somos Libres, MATE, Asociación Mario Testino, Lima, Peru, (cat.)
Island, Dairy Art Centre, London, England
ANAMERICANA, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
Esprit Dior, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China, (cat.)
t-shirts, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Dead Inside, Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York, NY, United States
Why Not Live for Art? II: K.N. Collection, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Transforming the Known, Works from the Bert Kreuk Collection, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands
Back To Earth. From Picasso to Ai Weiwei – Rediscovering Ceramics in Art, Herbert Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany
EXPO 1: NEW YORK, Cinema Module, MoMA PS1, New York, NY, United States
The Gesture and the Sign, White Cube, São Paulo, Brazil
Contemporary Future: To Invent, Create and Imagine the Future, CAB Art Center, Brussels, Belgium
An Endless Theatre: the convergence of contemporary art and anthropology in observational cinema, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, England
Fun House, Richard Gray Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Beg, Borrow and Steal, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, United States, (travelling exhibition)
Black Cake, Team Gallery, New York, NY, United States

2012

Pothole, Salon 94, New York, NY, United States
Cellblock I & II, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, United States
California, Charles Riva Collection, Brussels, Belgium
Spheres 2012, GALLERIA CONTINUA / Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Châtel, France
Crossing Mirrors, Rosenblum Collection & Friends, Paris, France
Americas, Modern Collections, London, England
Sõida tasa üle silla (ride gently over the bridge), ART IST KUKU NU UT, Tartu, Estonia
The Mash Up: Collage from the 1930’s to present, L&M Arts, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Phantom Limb: Approaches to Painting Today, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, United States
The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (cat.)
Prima Materia, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Spring Fever, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection, Fundacion Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain, (cat.)
Material, Salon 94, New York, NY, United States

2011

American Exuberance, Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, FL, United States, (cat.)
WYSIWYG—What You(ngs) See Is What You Get, Rosenblum Collection & Friends, Paris, France
Structure & Absence, White Cube, London, England, (cat.)
New Works in Ceramics, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, (cat.)
Eslöv Wide Shut: 100 year Anniversary of Eslöv, Blomsterberg’s Warehouse, Eslöv, Sweden, (cat.)
Soft Machines, The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, United States
George Herms: Xenophilia (Love of the Unknown), Museum of Contemporary Art at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Lustwarande ’11 – Raw, Park De Oude Warande, Museum De Pont, Tilburg, Netherlands, (cat.)
Paul Clay, Salon 94, New York, NY, United States
Silence and Time, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, United States
The Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Greater L.A., SoHo Loft (483 Broadway), New York, NY, United States
Dystopia, CAPC Musee D’Art Contemporain De Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, (cat.)
After Hours: Murals on the Bowery, Bowery, New York, NY, United States
New York Minute, The Garage: Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia, (travelling exhibition)
At Capacity: Large Scale Works from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL, United States
Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960’s, Jepson Center, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA, United States, (travelling exhibition), (cat.)
Artprojx Cinema, SVA Theatre, New York, NY, United States
California Dreamin’—Myths and Legends of Los Angeles, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France
Highways Connect and Divide, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States
13th San Francisco Indie Fest, Roxie Cinema, San Francisco, CA, United States

2010

Aftermath, Taka Ishii Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
28th Torino Film Festival: Waves, Museo Nazionale Del Cinema, Torino, Italy
It’s All American, New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art, Wickatunk, NJ, United States
Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960’s, The Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, NY, United States, (travelling exhibition), (cat.)
P.P.P.-Public Private Paintings, Mu.ZEE, Oostende, Belgium
The Transformation Show, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL, United States
Painting Extravaganza, Cardi Black Box, Milan, Italy
Misericordia, Prism Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
50 Years at Pace, The Pace Gallery, New York, NY, United States, (cat.)
Rive Gauche/Rive Droite, Marc Jancou Contemporary, Paris, France, (cat.)
Carl Andre, Louise Bourgeois, Daniel Buren, John Chamberlain, George Condo, Thierry De Cordier, Michel François, Adam Fuss, Antony Gormley, Evan Holloway, Thomas Houseago, Alessandro Pessoli, Jack Pierson & Sterling Ruby, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
Psychotrope, Institute of Visual Arts (Inova), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, United States
Ceramic & Alabaster, Fukutake House 2010—Art Galleries Around the World & Special Project, Setouchi International Art Festival, Megijima, Japan, (cat.)
Arte 10, Rossio Square, Lisbon, Portugal
Endless Bummer/Surf Elsewhere, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA, United States
The Pencil Show, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States
Carol Bove / Sterling Ruby / Dana Schutz, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Permanent Mimesis: An Exhibition on Realism and Simulation, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino, Italy, (cat.)
Spray!, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Other than Beauty, Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960’s, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX, United States, (travelling exhibition), (cat.)
Rethinking Location: Anytime Anywhere Everything, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany
New Art for a New Century: Recent Acquisitions 2000-2009, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, United States
Melanie Schiff and Sterling Ruby, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Permanent Trouble: Art from the Collection Kopp Munich, East German Art Forum Gallery, Regensburg, Germany, (cat.)
Supernature: An Exercise in Loads, AMP, Athens, Greece
Suitable Video: Works form the Suitable Exhibitions Archive, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, United States
Long Live the Amorphous Law: Videos by Sterling Ruby 2002-2009, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, United States
The Quiet Edition, White Slab Palace, New York, NY, United States

2009

Beg, Borrow, and Steal, Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, FL, United States, (travelling exhibition), (cat.)
California Maximalism: Sticking a Spike into the Vein of Memory, Nyehaus, New York, NY, United States
Cave Painting, Gresham’s Ghost, New York, NY, United States
New Photography 2009, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, United States
New York Minute, Macro Future Museum, Rome, Italy, (travelling exhibition), (cat.)
Why Painting Now?, Blondeau Fine Art Services, Geneva, Switzerland
Second Nature, The Valentine-Adelson Collection at the Hammer Museum, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Dirt on Delight, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, United States, (travelling exhibition), (cat.)
Your Gold Teeth II, Marianne Boesky, New York, NY, United States
Works on View, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Five, Baibakov Art Projects, Red October Chocolate Factory, Moscow, Russia, (cat.)
Modern Mondays: An Evening with Sterling Ruby, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, United States
Beaufort 03, Art by the Sea, Ostend, Belgium
Dirt on Delight, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, United States, (travelling exhibition), (cat.)
In Bed Together, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Breaking New Ground Underground, Stonescape, Calistoga, CA, United States
Nothingness and Being, Seventh Interpretation of La Colección Jumex, Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico

2008

The Station, The Station, Miami, FL, United States
Endless Summer, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA, United States
Base: Object, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Begin Again Right Back Here, White Columns, New York, NY, United States
If You Destroy the Image You Destroy the Thing Itself, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway, (cat.)
NOW: Selections from the Ovitz Family Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, United States
Stray Alchemists, Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, (cat.)
Substraction, Deitch Projects, New York, NY, United States
Skat Players, Vilma Gold, London, England

2007

Fearful Objects, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL, United States
New Acquisitions 2, The Rachofsky House, Dallas, TX, United States
Uneasy Angel/Imagine Los Angeles, Sprüth Magers, Munich, Germany
Circumventing the City, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Stuff: International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt Aaron, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI, United States
SAM at 75: Building a Collection for Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, United States
Dark Mirror, Netherlands Media Art Institute/Montevideo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
I Want to Believe, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
The Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Material Photographs, Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL, United States
Mixed Signals, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY, United States
Raise High The Roof Beam, Rainbo Club, Chicago, IL, United States

2006

Red Eye: L.A. Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, FL, United States, (cat.)
LA Trash and Treasure, Miliken Galerie, Stockholm, Sweden
2006 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, United States, (cat.)
Only The Paranoid Survive, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, New York, NY, United States
Into Black, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA, United States
Having New Eyes, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, United States
Behind the Pedestal, Jonathan Viner, London, England
Back From the End of the Earth, Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Berlin, Germany

2005

All the Pretty Corpses, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States
T1-Turin Triennial: The Pantagruel Syndrome, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino, Italy, (cat.)
Voiceovers, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA, United States
5 X U, Team Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Sugartown, Elizabeth Dee Gallery and Participant Inc, New York, NY, United States
Resonance, Netherlands Media Art Institute/Montevideo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Excessive Projections / Projections of Excess, Open Screen CAA: New Media Caucus, Atlanta, GA, United States
Untitled, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
GEO, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States
Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY, United States

2004

21st Kasseler Documentary Film and Video Festival, Filmladen Kassel, Kassel, Germany
Face-Off, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY, United States
Dark Side of the Sun, Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (cat.)
The Infinite Fill Show, Foxy Production, New York, NY, United States
Mystery Blaze in Holiday Cottage, Monya Rowe, New York, NY, United States
Tapestry from an Asteroid, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Depression: What Is It Good For? , Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL, United States
Imitations of Life, De Balie Cinema, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Chicago Expérimental, Les Musees de Strasbourg-Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France
Signal and Noise Festival 2004, Video In Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2003

Material Eyes, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY, United States
When Darkness Falls, Gallery 400, UIC College of Architecture & Arts, Chicago, IL, United States, (travelling exhibition)
See How The Land Lies, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, United States
Hysterical Pastoral, The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL, United States
Chicago’s Own: New Work by Jennifer Reeder and Sterling Ruby, Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago, IL, United States
America Annihilates Consciousness, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands
When Darkness Falls, Midway Contemporary Art, Saint Paul, MN, United States, (travelling exhibition)
Blinky 2: The Screening, Tate Britain, London, England
Behind the Pedestal, Bower Gallery, San Antonio, TX, United States
Fiction In Video, WORM, Nighttown Theater, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Video Mundi, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, United States



Public Colections

Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario, Canada
Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
Contemporary and Modern Art Museum of Trento and Rovereto, Italy
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Honart Museum, Tehran, Iran
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
MCA Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Moca Miami, Miami, FL
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Nasher Musem, Dallas, TX
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Seattle Art Museum, Washington
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tate Modern, London, England
Yokohama Museum, Japan